April 12, 2016
By Joanne Norell
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — After a thrilling three-set victory that went to tiebreakers in two sets and clinched the team’s 5-2 victory over No. 1 North Carolina, University of Notre Dame men’s tennis senior Alex Lawson has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Tennis Co-Player of the Week, the conference announced Tuesday.
Lawson, a native of Tempe, Arizona, picked up his first win over a ranked opponent this season in the win over the Tar Heels, clinching the match at 4-1 with a 6-4, 6-7(5), 7-6(6) victory over No. 80 Robert Kelly. In the third-set tiebreaker, Lawson came back from a 2-4 deficit to win 8-6 on Senior Night and give the Irish their first victory over a No. 1 opponent since May 18, 1992.
Lawson shares the weekly honor with Florida State’s Benjamin Lock.
The Irish will close out the regular season this Sunday when they travel to Raleigh, North Carolina, to face North Carolina State at the J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center
Joanne Norell, athletics communications assistant director at the University of Notre Dame, has been part of the Fighting Irish athletics communications team since 2014 and coordinates communications efforts for the Notre Dame women's soccer, men's tennis, women's tennis and fencing programs. Norell is a 2011 graduate of Purdue University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communication, and earned her master's degree in sports industry management from Georgetown University in 2013.